Lotus Sports Club

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Filmed over the course of 5 years, Lotus Sports Club tells the story of Leak, a young Cambodian footballer trans man, and the relationship with his godfather/coach, Pa Vann. More...

Documentary - Human Interest & Society , Sports

72', 51'

Award winner at BKK DOC 2022
Honorable Mention Documentary Film at the Tel Aviv International LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2022
Winner MIPCOM Diversify TV Award 2023 for Representation of LGBTQIA+ – Non-Scripted

Filmed in Cambodia over the course of 5 years, Lotus Sports Club is an inspiring coming-of-age story that centres around Leak, a teenage trans man who plays football in the under-21s women’s team of Kampong Chhnang, and Pa Vann, the coach and father-figure to Leak and other LGBTQ+ players on the team.

61-year-old Pa Vann established the football team in 2009 to encourage solidarity among straight, lesbian and gender-diverse players. He also opened his home to the more vulnerable often homeless teenagers, including Leak, thus providing these LGBTQ+ players a safe place to be themselves.

After living with Pa Vann for many years, Leak, driven by the pressure to make more money for his family and forced off the football team because of his age, takes the heart-breaking decision to move to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, leaving behind the one person he loves the most.

Tommaso Colognese, Vanna Hem
Tommaso Colognese, Vanna Hem, Robert Witlox
72', 51'

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